What’s wrong with Proposition 14? Everything. Read excerpts from the official summary:
• “Encourages increased participation ... ”
Right off the bat, it is foolish to assume that more individuals will register to vote and turn out to vote because there is an open primary allowing all voters to vote for all candidates from all parties.
If voters who decline to state a political party were so anxious to vote in a partisan primary, more of them would choose to do so under current election code and party rules. This is not happening.
• “Gives voters increased options in the primary ... ”
Voters may have a greater choice in the primary, but it leads to fewer choices in the general election.
• “Provides that candidates may choose not to have a political party preference indicated on the ballot ... ”
Since candidates may choose not to show their party “preference,” it makes it easier to hide such affiliation and leaves voters in the dark.
• “Provides that only ... two candidates ... will appear on the general election ballot ... ”
The top two candidates in November will most assuredly be from the Democrat or Republican parties, not from the four ballot-qualified political parties. This proposition effectively kills those political parties and denies their members any chance of electing anyone to partisan office.
If the voters want political parties abolished, let’s be honest about it and abolish them completely. No more parties listed on registration forms and no more collecting signatures from party members to qualify for the ballot. Let every candidate collect signatures from any voter to be placed on the primary ballot since all voters will select the winners.
• “Does not change primary elections for president, party committee offices and nonpartisan offices.”
No change is made to presidential primaries where the political parties must choose a candidate without outside interference. What hypocrisy! If the political party of a presidential candidate matters, so should the political party of other partisan offices. Gail K. Lightfoot is the Libertarian Party candidate for United States Senate in 2010.